Canada to ban handgun imports

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Toronto – Government of Canada will impose sanctions Handgun imports into the country are the latest in a series of gun control measures under moderate Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, officials said on Friday.

Because most handguns are imported into Canada, the ban effectively limits the number of such weapons already in the country at current levels without restricting them altogether.

The move, announced by Public Security Minister Marco Mendicino and Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie, follows a bill introduced by the government in May to implement a “national freeze” on buying, importing, selling and transferring handguns.

The regulatory measure announced on Friday allows the government to enforce that freeze, which is on summer break until September, without waiting for parliament to pass a law. It is expected to go into effect in two weeks, reducing the window for gun shops to collect goods.

local media informed of Handgun sales have skyrocketed since Trudeau’s government announced a freeze, prompting some lawmakers to express concerns about a run on handguns from legal gun owners stocking up before the law was passed.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new gun-control legislation on May 30 that would place a “national moratorium” on the import, purchase or sale of handguns. (Video: Reuters)

Gun control enjoys widespread support here. But critics say the focus on limiting handgun ownership unfairly targets law-abiding owners, while doing little to stamp out the original problem: guns smuggled across the border illegally. .

Toronto’s police chief said in November that nearly 80 percent of the firearms involved in gun violence in Canada’s most populous city come from the United States, which he noted is a significant gun culture, making addressing it a “nothing.” very difficult” issue.

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“The biggest problem we have in the city is the amount of guns coming from across the border,” Chief James Ramer said.

The law, known as C-21, introduced in May, also includes “red flag” laws that allow judges to temporarily remove firearms from people who have been used to kill themselves or others. The threat is considered, the removal of gun licenses from people who have committed domestic crimes. Violence and harsh punishments for gun smuggling and smuggling.

Both the law and the sanctions include exemptions for those, such as armed security guards, who have authorization to carry as part of their job, those who have authorization to protect, and high-performance sport shooting athletes and Coaches have been authorized.

According to government figures, Canada imported more than $28.2 million in revolvers and pistols in 2021, with about two-thirds of that volume coming from the United States. Total imports were up 7.7 percent from the previous year, but down from the recent peak of $34.7 million in 2018.

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According to statistics from Statistics Canada, mass shootings are relatively rare here compared to the United States, but the rate of firearms-related homicides has increased since 2013.

The government statistics agency reported that more than 60 percent of gun-related violent crime in urban centers in 2020 involved handguns. But it also said there were “many gaps” and limitations in the data, including “sources of the firearms used in the crime” and “whether the gun used in the crime was stolen, purchased illegally, or in-country”. was smuggled.” No province is required to send investigators to trace the guns used in crimes.

The Canada Border Services Agency said it seized 1,203 firearms from 2021 to 2022. In May, a Yorkshire Terrier named Pepper Failure An attempt to smuggle 11 handguns across the border from Michigan to Ontario using a six-rotor drone.

some 2.2 million people in Canada own licensed firearmsThe Royal Canadian Mounted Police reported in 2020, and there are over 1.1 million firearms Lodged.

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Trudeau’s government promised strict gun control measures during the federal election campaign last year.

In 2020, Trudeau announced a ban on 1,500 makes and models of “military-style assault weapons” Gunman posing as a police officer ransacked Nova Scotia Over two weekend days, Canada’s deadliest mass shooting opened fire and killed 22 people, including a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer.

Last week, the government outlined how much it proposes to pay under the mandatory buyback program to gun owners who turn to those weapons.

During a public inquiry hearing this year on the “causes, context and circumstances” of the Nova Scotia attack, evidence was presented on the origins of the shooter’s large cache of weapons.

Gabriel Wortman, a dentist, did not have a firearms license and obtained his weapons illegally. The commission heard that there were “two, and potentially three” instances in which police received information about access to firearms. Very little, if anything, was done according to the testimony.

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Many of the weapons were unearthed and sourced from gun shops in Maine. A friend there told police that Wortman carried one or more guns without his knowledge or permission, while he sent the shooter to his residence as a sign of gratitude “for helping with clearing trees and other odd jobs”. Gave in “Ruger P89”. ,

An AR-15 arrived from a gun store in California, but Wortman first saw it at a gun show in Maine and another person bought it for him. Witnesses told police after the shooting that Wortman would disassemble the firearms and wrap them in the payload cover of his pickup truck to smuggle them across the border.

Wortman was shot and killed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in a service area in Enfield, Nova Scotia, ending his anger. Police have not charged any of the individuals who helped him obtain the weapons, including those who may have broken US laws.

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